Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation benefits have been deemed so advantageous by the federal government that workers are denied the opportunity to seek any other compensation or benefits from their employees following injuries. Why, then, can obtaining workers' compensation benefits be so difficult?

Advocating For Injured Workers Since 1978

At the Gillis Law Firm in New Haven, Connecticut, we understand the frustration and fear that can accompany both workplace injuries and the workers' compensation process. Our attorneys represent injured workers in need of workers' compensation benefits:

  • Immediately following an injury and before a claim has been filed
  • After a workers' compensation claim has been denied

We handle workers' compensation benefit claims following accidents occurring in all industries and involving a broad range of injuries. We are prepared to help you through all aspects of the workers' compensation process, answering questions about any and all workers' compensation topics, including:

  • Construction site accidents, including falls from heights, injuries caused by falling objects or debris, forklift accidents and more
  • Health care worker injuries, such as injuries while moving patients
  • Occupational disease and repetitive trauma
  • Manufacturing accidents

We'll Help You Get The Benefits You Deserve

We are proud to represent construction workers, health care workers, manual laborers and union members in all industries. Wherever you work, if your injury occurred in the workplace or is work-related, we can help. We have the skills and knowledge to help get all the benefits you are entitled to, including:

  • Medical benefits
  • Wage benefits
  • Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits

Because we are also personal injury lawyers, we can also handle third-party liability claims and cases involving Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations. And because each of our partners has more than 20 years of experience, you know you're in good hands.

Just Because Your Case Is Denied Doesn't Mean You Don't Have One

Injured workers unfortunately often find that valid claims for serious workplace injuries are routinely denied by the workers' compensation board. If your claim has been denied, we can:

  • Request a hearing before the Workers' Compensation Commission
  • Investigate your accident and prepare your claim
  • Attend your hearing with you and represent you in your appealed bid for compensation

We most often obtain medical records, get statements from witnesses, photograph the accident scene and obtain other evidence to strengthen your case. The result? Thousands of successful workers' compensation claims handled since 1978. We charge no fee without legal recovery, and offer free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose by consulting our firm.

Take Action Today

Whether you need help filing your claim, or want to contest a denied claim, Gillis Law Firm is here for you. We do everything we can to make our clients' lives easier: we offer free parking near our downtown New Haven office, and evening and weekend appointments; we also employ a Spanish-speaking paralegal. Contact us today online or by telephone at 866-603-9810 to arrange your free case evaluation.

Workers' Compensation FAQ

Q: What is workers' compensation?

A: Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides injured workers medical and wage loss benefits. In exchange for this protection, workers are not allowed to sue their employers for losses suffered as a result of a workplace injury.

Q: What benefits does workers' compensation provide for injured workers?

A: If your claim is approved, you can expect to obtain benefits for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. Depending on the nature and extent of your injury, you may obtain temporary or permanent wage loss benefits.

Q: How can I afford to pay a lawyer when my injury prevents me from working?

A: We handle workers' compensation cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don't pay us unless we win your case. Our fee will come out of your recovery.

Q: What does "arising out of employment" mean?

A: Arising out of employment means that, in order to be covered by workers' compensation, your injury must have occurred while you were engaged in a work-related activity.

Q: Are there exceptions to the general rule that when employees are injured at work, they are eligible for workers' compensation benefits?

A: There are very few exceptions. If a worker is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, he or she may be precluded from receiving benefits.

Q: Can I obtain additional compensation if the accident was the employer's fault?

A: Generally, no. The only situation where this might be possible is if the employer committed gross negligence or willfully caused your injury.

Q: What if my injury was caused by a negligent third party?

A: If a negligent third party caused your accident, you may file a personal injury claim against that party. Examples of third-party liability accidents include drivers getting injured by careless motorists or accidents caused by negligent contractors who are not employees of your company.

Q: Where can I get straightforward answers about my workplace injury and any of the following specific issues?

A: Talk to an attorney at Gillis Law Firm to discuss these and other particulars of your case.

Workers' Compensation Process

Obtaining workers' compensation benefits in Connecticut can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Employers and their workers' compensation insurance providers are prone to denying and delaying claims, making the process even more frustrating for injured workers.

At the Gillis Law Firm in New Haven, Connecticut, we understand the frustration and fear that can accompany both workplace injuries and the workers' compensation process. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the process and give you the best possible chance of obtaining the medical and wage loss benefits you deserve.

Understanding The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Claims Process

No two workers' compensation cases are alike, but most cases in Connecticut follow the same general process.

  • After suffering a workplace injury, you must notify your employer as soon as possible.
  • You must provide written notice of your injury, filing a letter with your employer and the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission.
  • In order to achieve a successful claim, you must demonstrate that your injury took place in the course of employment.
  • If your claim is approved, your employer will provide you with workers' compensation benefits, which include benefits for medical expenses and temporary wage loss or permanent disability.
  • If your claim is denied, do not despair. In many cases, workers' compensation claims are approved in the appeals process.

Whatever type of injury you have suffered, our attorneys are here for you. We have a proven record of success handling workers' compensation claims and appeals for injured workers in New Haven and throughout Connecticut.

Contact Our Workers' Comp Lawyers

Gillis Law Firm offers free initial consultations and evening and weekend appointments — schedule yours online, or call 866-603-9810. We charge no fee without legal recovery. If your condition prevents you from traveling to our office, we can visit you at your home or in the hospital. Our office is conveniently located in downtown New Haven next to the courthouse near free parking. Se habla español.

Do I Have A Workers' Compensation Case?

The first question on everyone's mind after being injured at work is, "Do I have a workers' compensation case?" The short answer is "yes" if you were injured on the job. However, there are many other factors that need to be considered when pursuing workers' compensation benefits.

The most important step you can take for yourself is to secure the representation of a skilled and experienced workers' compensation attorney who can provide you with a detailed analysis of the merits of your claim. The complexities of workers' compensation law and the process of pursuing a claim call for you to have a seasoned legal ally on your side to ensure that you receive the full benefits you are entitled to under the law.

Some of the questions that will be considered during the workers' compensation process include:

  • Were you on the clock?
  • How were you injured?
  • Were you getting paid at the time?
  • Was what you were doing within the scope of your employment?

Put Your Work Injury Case In Trusted Hands

At Gillis Law Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience helping injured workers build strong cases that help them secure all of the workers' compensation benefits they deserve under the law. We know that employers and insurance companies will often work to delay, minimize or outright deny even valid claims. Our experience can help make the difference between you and your loved ones having to suffer without the benefits you should be getting and working toward a strong recovery.

Contact The New Haven Workers' Compensation Attorneys Of Gillis Law Firm

If you have been injured on the job, you need experienced legal counsel to help you determine the validity of your claim. Do not let your employer or his or her insurance provider tell you if you have a claim or not. Call 866-603-9810 to schedule a free initial consultation.

We offer evening and weekend appointments, have a Spanish-speaking paralegal on staff and charge no attorney's fees unless we obtain benefits for you.